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Two New Greek Destinations to Introduce to You

July 29, 2019
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Greece, and the Greek islands, will always hold a special place in my heart. It was while enjoying the freshest, tastiest olive filled salad, in the prettiest greek taverna, that Nik and I excitedly discussed the fact that “us two”, was soon to become ‘us three”. You see, we had found out a month before we flew out to the Greek island of Crete, that we were 4 months pregnant with our now 19 year old son! We returned to Greece both as a three, then as a four when son number 2 came along, many times over the years. I was so excited to learn that Jet2Holidays had introduced two new greek destinations to their 2020 brochure! Read on, let me tell you some details…

Last week I was invited to and attended a wonderful, Greek inspired event with Jet2Holidays, to learn about the two new Greek destinations on offer next year. To help us get our Greek on, we were being shown how to bring our own little bit of Greece to our homes. Jet 2 had arranged for us to watch and learn some basic Greek cooking! As a woman that once served her kids raw chicken, it was not only me in my house that was excited about me learning a little cooking………

Arriving at the venue, the studio had been turned into a little slice of Greece for us. Tropical pink bougainvillea flowers wove around trellis adorning the walls, huge, bright yellow sunflowers filled vases on the dining table and the smell of herbs, olive oil and fresh ingredients filled the air. The perfect setting to learn about these two new greek destinations I thought!

On the menu tonight was fresh, vibrant greek salad, spinach and cheese filled filo pastry parcels and stuffed tomatoes and peppers. These were accompanied by skewers of chicken, cheese and vegetables, and all served with a side of warmed pitta bread and tzatziki. All of these dishes were to be cooked by us, with the help of the wonderful chefs on hand to pass on their wisdom. It was great fun and I was over the moon that I managed to make food that was not only edible, but actually tasted delicious! Guess what family are going to be eating Greek cuisine for a week…

Of course, we had a great time eating the delicious food, drinking chilled wine and being surrounded by the vibrant colours of the flowers, but we were also to learn about the two new destinations that you will be able to fly to with Jet 2 Holidays next year. Both already have a tourist trade, but they are still considered little hidden gems. Lefkas, a small island, and Parga, situated on the mainland of Greece, are both traditional and unspoilt, and very much worthy of adding to your wish lists.

The Two New Greek Destinations

Lefkas

Lets start with the slightly busier of the two new Greek destinations. Lying just off the west coast of Greece mainland, Lefkas, (or Lefkada) is one of the island surrounded by the Ionian Sea. Lefkas is probably the slightly busier than Parga, as tourism has been growing on the island a little longer. The west coast of Lefkas is less populated than the east coast, and with its rocky headlands, have a more dramatic landscape. The east and South coasts off the island are home to sheltered bays and beaches, so make these a more popular destination for beach lovers, with the resort of Nidri being one of the most popular.

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Beautiful Lefkas

The islands capital, Lefkas Town is situated in the North-East. Narrow streets and brightly coloured painted houses give the town a village feel. The main square has an abundance of tavernas and cafe’s, and the large lagoon running beside the town has a marina built alongside it. Ornate, decorated Venetian churches, along with museums and traditional shops make the town well worth a visit.

Who is Lefkas Suitable for?

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The Lefkas coastline is more rugged

Lefkas has great beaches, so sun worshipers and beach lovers will be happy here! There are sides to the island that house waterfalls and lush forest, so the landscape is both surprising and changeable. There are more lively areas, including Lefkas Town of an evening, so you can have the best of both worlds if you like your evenings a little faster paced. With unspoilt nature, powder soft white sand and sparkly turquoise sea, the island of Lefkas has a little something for everyone.

Parga

Parga is situated on the North-West coast of mainland Greece, and is breathtakinly beautiful. Colourful, pastel coloured houses are built on the slope of a mountain, cobbled streets and views of the ocean make this resort incredibly picturesque. Parga Town is full of historic gems and the ruined walls of a Venetian castle remind us of its past Venetian rule. The Port promenade is probably the busiest part of the town, and you will find many bars and tavernas lining the promenade. Fresh fish, vibrantly coloured vegetables and tavernas offering traditional greek cuisine will keep us foodies happy.

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Pretty painted houses

The beaches in Praga are numerous, and Lichnos Beach, one of its more well known beaches, has the soft white sand, with the contrast of lush green forest as its backdrop. The seaside towns lining this part of the Greek coastline are traditional, and some, like Sivota, are home to a gorgeous marina. I spoke to you before about my love of beautiful beaches in this post, Experiencing Boa Vista, Cape Verde, so I was sold on the photos of Parga!

Who is Parga suitable for?

two new greek destinations
look at that sea!

Parga is a beach lovers dream, and the beautiful fresh dishes on offer, a food lovers paradise. A little more sleepy than Lefkas, with far reaching sea views, it would suit those looking for traditional Greece with modern convenience. The resort is small, so could get busy in the high season so that is worth thinking about. Nik and I are looking to go here in late September/October if life doesn’t have other plans for us! Parga provides a great base to explore some of the Ionian Islands on day trips.

So, there you have it. My introduction for you on the two new greek destinations on offer. For both resorts you fly into and there is then a transfer onward to the resorts. You can see the details of both resorts in the following links;

Lefkas

Parga

Flights to Preveza

What do you think? Are you as excited as me about the two new Greek destinations? Is there one of the resorts that you like the sound of more than the other? Are you already a fan of Greece and its islands or yet to get there? I would love to hear about your Greek adventures! Let me know xx

**Please note, this event was a gifted experience by Jet2Holidays to introduce us to the new resorts on offer. I was not paid for this post, nor under obligation, but since I was invited to the event, I wanted to disclose the fact.

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12 responses to “Two New Greek Destinations to Introduce to You”

  1. Fantastic Kerry, sounds like a fun evening! I wondered what you were up too on your insta stories the other day lol! I love Greece, well I’ve only been to Zante lol, but I always seem to have an urge to visit more of the Greek islands. I love the sound of these two destinations, something new and different to the popular Santorinis and Mykanos’s. Both new destinations sounds lovely, but I reckon I’d edge towards Parga too. Beaches, quiet, views small and modern sounds perfect. I flew with Jet2 in April from ALC – Manchester and they seem really good. Fingers crossed you guys get to visit later in the year, Looking forward to your post already! xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Oh Heather you must explore more of Greece and its islands. They just never seem to disappoint. Both the new destinations look stunning, but for some reason Parga pulled me. I think it was the pastel coloured houses. The Greek people are always so hospitable, I can not wait to get back there!

  2. What a lovely experience. Discovering two new destinations which both sound fabulous and sampling Lucy Greek food. I have wonderful memories of island hopping back in my early 20’s with my boyfriend, with nothing more than a back pack and a ticket to Athens we had no idea where to go until we got to Pireaus and got on the first available ferry. We spent three brilliant weeks in pretty Spetses, cool Mykanos and lovely Paros. We stayed in rooms and ate yogurt, fruit and bread for breakfast and Greek salad for supper after drinking ouzo and nibbling octopus at waterside tavernas. The following year I went to Crete on an 18-30 holiday. They were a far cry from the booze and sex holidays they later became. We went on cultural trips and visits to mountain villages. Later the same year we back packed to Athens and Skiathos. I’m sure that the sleepy unspoilt Greece I loved is a little more difficult to find 40 years later but I’m sure it’s still there. You just need to explore a little further. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohhh backpacking around the Greek islands is always fun! So Mumma Mia hahah! I think you are so right.There are definitely little pockets of unspoilt Greece there. These two destinations still have that traditional feel. I have always found the Greek people to be so welcoming and hospitable, their charm adds to the experience. Im excited that I may well get to Parga in the coming months, I think it should be on your cards too, now your hubby will get on a plane…….

  3. Darlene says:

    Sounds like you had a great Greek cooking experience! Greece is on my list of places to visit one day and your post makes me more excited. I’d say I like the sound of Parga more. The pictures of the colorful houses there remind me of the ones in Capitola, California (near the San Francisco Bay Area) – so charming! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to reading about your next trip to Greece!

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Thank you so much for reading! Ohhh Capitola sounds gorgeous too then, I have a thing for colourful painted houses. Greece, and the greek islands are just beautiful and I have never been unhappy with a holiday there. I hope you get there one day!

  4. Alex Grace says:

    These places look wonderful Kerry! My first holiday abroad (other than to Malta) was to Rhodes and I loved it. I ended up visiting a few of the islands and have great memories from them. I’d love to go to these 2 as they sound so unspoilt, peaceful & relaxing. Hope you get there soon! x

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ahh Alex Rhodes is one of the islands I have not gotten to yet. It is supposed to be beautiful. I think the Greek islands have something for everyone don’t they. I fancy Malta too though to be fair haha! Thank you for reading, I will of course keep everyone updated if we get there!

  5. I haven’t been to Greece since I was 10 and keep meaning to go back, I have Athens on my bucketlist but some of the smaller islands might be slightly more child friendly. Definitely going to keep these in mind when it comes to thinking about family holidays 😊

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Kathryn the Greek islands are amazing for families. We always found that the Greek people loved children and kids were welcome in all taverna’s etc. Very child friendly. I am the same as you, I have not been back for a few years, but determined to change that soon! x

  6. Bejal says:

    The only part of Greece I have explored is Athens but I really would like to visit further and this post has definitely sparked my wanderlust to do this.I love Greek food and all the delicious salads and cheese!

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ahhhh I am glad that it makes you want to go to Greece, it has so much to offer. I agree with you about the food, so much deliciousness! Thank you for reading, I hope you get to see more of Greece and her islands xx

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